That look. Tally your attributes. If your sum is greater than our threshold, we'll consider you for award. Just like everyone else.
A crack. Too much of this. Not enough of that. A sudden disinterest. You must construct additional pylons. Sour grapes.
And then I'm left feeling as empty as at the beginning. Nothing lost. Experience gained. And we had fun doing those experiments, didn't we?
Life at the end of a lightning bolt.